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When it comes to exotic game, there is no doubt that someone out there has given it a taste, no matter how unconventional the animal could be considered.

And, of course, our tastes as a nation have evolved over time as well.

Americans were once accustomed to eating the meat of the Buffalo and Bison of the Great Plains, until overhunting nearly wiped the animals out completely.  Thanks to intrepid entrepreneurs such as Ted Turner, the species has made a triumphant return to the nation, and the dinner plate, and Americans are finally able to afford a true taste of Manifest Destiny.

Now, another giant of the American wilderness could soon benefit from an increased hunting window, and return an unlikely meal to the people of Kentucky.

“Hunters and birdwatchers alike would benefit from a plan that could allow hundreds more sandhill cranes to be shot each year, Kentucky wildlife officials are saying.

“The loosening of crane hunting regulations also calls for a new western Kentucky protected area for the birds.”

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As for the harvesting of Sandhill Cranes for meat, those in the know are ready to share their secrets, even if the birds themselves can be a handful.

“Hunters have called them ‘ribeyes in the sky,’ a reference to their meat. Some critics have said hunting them is like shooting at lawn chairs because of their size – they stand as tall as 5 feet with a wingspan of about 6 feet. They migrate from Great Lakes region to Florida through Indiana and Kentucky, creating a noisy spectacle.”

A preliminary examination into the world of Sandhill Crane consumption offers up a varied opinion on the taste of the birds, with those who’ve enjoyed the animal claiming comparisons to pork or goose.

One thing that these cranes have going for them in the taste department is the surprising lack of fish in their diet, which has often turned hunters away from consuming the meat of certain waterfowl.

Now, the only real question for adventurous culinary creators is red wine or a hearty craft stout?



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